Bear with me, readers.  You know my ‘contract’ with you is to lift, encourage, edify and challenge to personal and spiritual excellence.  I’m doing that here, just in a different manner.  I hate liars and those paid to promulgate their lies.  Thus, I’m taking time to assure my readers:  this is intended to lift and encourage you by getting truth to you.  I have a wonderful little Halloween-themed story to send you, either tonight or tomorrow morning.  I believe you’ll snicker, become thoughtful, maybe catch your eyes watering a little – and be blessed in the process. 

So.  Please read on, and if you wouldn’t mind, pass it along.  And thanks.


By now it’s old news:  the American popular media is in the Clintons’ pocket.  In other words, you won’t be getting the full content of candidate Trump’s Gettysburg speech from Saturday.  They give you only what they feel will hurt his candidacy and cause you to become disheartened by their cheap manipulation of – and extensive redaction of – the truth.  They’ve loudly accused Mr. Trump of not giving us specifics, to which he’s always said he would when the time was right.

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The time must be right.  Last Saturday, he gave us all plenty.

This is a repost from this afternoon’s End of Day report from Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families.  He puts nothing out that hasn’t been thoroughly vetted because he’s a Christian conservative and knows he’s as much in the major media’s crosshairs as anyone else daring to differ with The Left’s agenda.  This is the part they sort of left out by design.  What follows is copied directly from Bauer’s post of today.

Contract With The American Voter

Donald Trump traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend to outline the agenda for his first 100 days in office. Trump called it his “Contract With The American Voter.” It is an incredible series of major reforms and initiatives.

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Trump vowed to tackle corruption by advocating the following measures:

  • A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
  • A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
  • Eliminate two existing regulations for every new one
  • A five year-ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
  • A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments; and
  • A ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Trump also called for new protections for American workers. He promised to:

  • Renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205
  • Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Label China a currency manipulator
  • Identify and end all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers
  • Lift the restrictions on the production of American energy reserves
  • Lift the roadblocks on infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline
  • Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.

Trump also promised immediate action to restore security and the rule of law. He vowed to:

  • Cancel every unconstitutional executive action issued by President Obama
  • Select a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on his list
  • Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities
  • Begin to remove more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants
  • Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.

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Term limits. Reducing red tape. Ending Washington’s revolving door. Fair trade. Energy independence. Respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. Conservative judges. Common-sense immigration reform that puts our security first. That is an agenda that should excite conservative voters and unite Republicans! That is an agenda to make America great again. And it is a stark contrast compared to the radical left-wing policies we know Hillary Clinton will impose on America.

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”  ~~ Thomas Jefferson  “Declaration Of Independence”  — 1775

Think about it, all 43 million of you conservative Christians who let the bigmouthed media and some of your own party’s elite cow you into staying home, thereby guaranteeing their candidate – Barack Hussein Obama – the election.  You may deem businessman and entrepreneur Donald Trump distasteful, which is your right.  Yet lock in on this. 

You’re not voting for him; I’d be surprised if he puts up with more than one term.  He has a real mess to clean up!  You’re voting for your nation!

Do you really want what Hillary Clinton’s Socialist agenda with her as czarina will do?  Do you really want for us – you and I – to be the last generation who grew up relatively free and loving our country?  Do you really want to sit blankly listening to your kids and grandkids parroting what you and I once heard from the Soviets and East Germans?

Is that what you want?

If you thought Barack Obama was bad as President, wait until you get a load of him as Supreme Court Justice . . .  Maybe it’s appropriate this is all taking shape around Halloween.  When they get done ‘experimenting’, America will be unrecognizable, and the only treats available will be those they give themselves.

You are not voting for Donald Trump.  You are voting to take back your nation from those bent on erasing everything for which it stands!  No third party candidate has ever done anything but split votes.  Do NOT stay home, Christian!  Do NOT try to get cute and give way to all the ranting about write-insDonald Trump won’t be the first less-than-stellar man God’s used to get His point across.  And you do NOT want to stand accountable to your conservative kids and grands (and they DO exist) who one day will ask you why YOU didn’t have the guts to stand with people like Noah, Moses, Esther, Daniel or his three buds?  Courage never has been popular.

Conservative Christian friend, this is no game and you get no do-overs.  Make the wrong choice on Nov. 8th, and you won’t get another shot at it.  They’ll see to it.

These are my thoughts.  I’m doing my best as an American veteran, citizen, pastor, chaplain, mentor, writer, man, husband, dad and granddad to wake my generation up; to encourage you who are flagging in spirit to quit listening to the Left, their media mouthpieces and the entire corruption-septic Washington scene – including some in your own party.  I say again:  quit listening to them.

Start listening to your heart.


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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s for 10/21/16: BELIEVING’S EASY WHEN YOU CAN SEE IT & YOU’RE AHEAD

If they told you there’s no hope, would you keep believing?

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No–really.  Think about it.

If they said there’s no hope and you’re a fool, a dreamer, to think otherwise, would you hold on and believe anyway?

I’ve read many an account of men and women who pressed on, persevering through grinding challenges and spectacular obstacles to achieve and excel.

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I don’t recall a single best-seller about anyone too limp-minded to believe, to hold onto hope, to show what fierce faith and passionate patience is all about.

Whoever wrote Hebrews 11 knew:  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.  It’s our handle on what we can’t see.  The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd” (vv. 1-2).

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God is still writing your story.  Never let go of your faith because of what you have yet to see!  History is crammed with experiences of men and women shunned and snorted at because they ‘saw’ in their minds and spirits that for which they believed.  Jesus said it:  “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes.  Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing” (John 20:29).

The business world has long known the power of one’s belief, even if only in oneself.

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. – Earl Nightingale

So.  If they told you there’s no hope, would you keep believing?  That all depends on who ‘they’ are, how much influence you cede to ‘them’, and what is ‘their’ track record. 

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‘They’ have a dismal record in my life.  Besides, I get along better if I live according to my own hard-won beliefs.  I’ve acted by faith as if, seen enough of God’s answers ‘they’ had written off as IMPOSSIBLE to never again give two seconds’ thought to what ‘they’ have to say.

Read Hebrews 11 in The Message.  Pay attention to the phrase, “act of faith”.  Men and women who believe, and act on it, are those whose names fill history’s success stories.

I’d rather hang with that batch of ‘they’ anytime.

© D. Dean Boone, October 2016

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100-Word Stroll, 10/19/16: TIME-SHARE TOMBS & LED GRAVESTONES

“You just had to go there?  The whole Halloween shtick?”

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I’m a writer.  I find inspiration in just about everything.  I’m ghoul that way.

“Ho-kay.  What’s bubbling over in your mind this time?”

Why, thank you for asking.  Why, um–why did Isaiah stipulate a borrowed tomb (53:9)?  All four gospels affirm it.  Matthew says Joe of Arimathea put Jesus’s body in his own tomb.

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Who borrows a grave?  More important, why?

Answer:  He only needed it for three days!  No matter who sneers and attaches labels, God had this plan in mind all along.

I wonder how Joe felt after the Resurrection every time he was walking in the garden with a friend and showed them his tomb?

“Only one previous tenant, but he didn’t stay long.”

“M’kye.  So what’s with the colored flashing thingie where the name’s supposed to be?  I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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“Oh, that.  Well, a writer friend from a couple millennia in the future thought it would keep me from needing a stonemason again.  See, how it works is . . .”

Now, if I can just get Ralph to stop playing with it.  I ask you . . .

© D. Dean Boone, October 2016



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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s, 10/13/16: I’M SIDING WITH GOD, HERE

I choose to believe the Bible’s version of things:  not my favorite theoposition of things, but what God actually has to say about them and about us all.

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Faith’s enemies get louder and harsher in condemning ‘those evangelical conservatives’ as if staring in revulsion at crows chowing down on a roadkill rabbit’s three-day-old carcass.

It happens every time a Christian steps into the public eye and dares to speak truth.  It doesn’t matter how gracious he or she tries to be; they’re instantly set upon by those enraged at being caught, found out, and held accountable.  Nefarious lieutenants make good bucks spinning and mulching the truth while shredding and assassinating characters of anyone with the courage to stop the vile surge of lawlessness, unreined-in greed for power and amoral personal aggrandizement.

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The hellacious, nauseating cost in lives, fortunes, reputations and dreams never matters.  Nothing seems too disgusting.  The sinister tentacles of the corrupting monsters are uncovered like writhing maggots in the belly of a dead salmon, leading to the highest offices of our land.  And every man and woman so caught brazenly lies and obfuscates and distracts, knowing their corrupt sponsors will run interference for them with the willing collusion of an equally-corrupt, fawning media that long ago forsook all semblance of dispassionate reporting.

Sadly, this happens every election season.  “High road”?  Come on.  We’re purported to all be adults here.  You know better.  The strategy of Biblical Christianity’s foes is forever the same.  They choose labels for themselves that conveniently let them deny God’s truth.  Then they  shout down and destroy as many of Truth’s messengers as possible while excusing and accelerating the blatant excesses to which they’ve become accustomed and now see as their ‘rights’.

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God.  Not blind, deaf nor speechless, but vitally engaged in what affects those who love and serve Him.  His authentic people are in constant communication with Him, knowing He’s more aware of what Christ’s foes are doing, saying and thinking than the foes themselves are.

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WAR ROOM was a movie, yet all who sneered and brayed at its message need to consider something.  No Christian goes through the day without spending time in their own war room.  Guess what that means?

  • Men and women regularly praying to God about all the above are all around you, all the time.
  • The more brazen and unfettered by decency you become in pushing your agenda and ‘secret’ plans, the more powerful and pointed their praying becomes.
  • There’s nothing secret about your graft, lawlessness, conniving, lying and destroying good, principled people in your ugly quest for power.

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  • There are war rooms surrounding you and strong appeals are rising nonstop to Sovereign God about your duplicity, deceit and desperate attempts to run – ruin – the lives and future of your countrymen.
  • Passionate prayer warriors are isolating you – you – by name, laying you, your imagination, your words and deeds directly in God’s hands.  Your Creator’s not confused about who, what and how you are.  You’re not pulling anything over on Him.  He knows you.  Understand that.  God.   Knows.   You.
  • You, too, will stand one day before Him.  No matter whom you’ve tricked, scorned, deceived, destroyed or left in your wake in this life, you won’t finagle or lie your way out of God’s scrutiny.  You will face your deeds and misdeeds.

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Know why?  Every one of ‘those evangelical conservatives’ you despise are lifting this whole matter of where our nation will wind up to the only One able to help us sort it out.  One of my favorite life verses is 2 Chronicles 20:12:  “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

One more thing.  That Bible you say is a fable-full joke?  If you’ve taken time to read it, you know that everything described therein has happened exactly as written.  There are independent, secular literary and historical accounts to back that up – unless you’ve chosen to ignore it right along with God who inspired it.

What do you suppose are the chances that the small remaining part of Earth history outlined in the Bible will also happen exactly as written?  Most of us are able to read the writing on the wall.  Yet we like to assume it’s always addressed to someone else.

So, yeah.  I’m siding with God, here.

© D. Dean Boone, October 2016

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500-Word Stroll, 10/6/16: BETTER THINK AGAIN

You who’ve bandwagoned, refusing to honor our National Anthem, need to   consider the inevitable consequences of your words and actions.  They don’t occur in a vacuum.  Eventually, you’ll face what they’re going to cost you.

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You already are.

This morning in Los Angeles, another lawman doing his job is dead, having been shot in the face during a ‘routine’ traffic stop, leaving behind yet another grieving wife and family.

That could have been your dad, brother, uncle, son or good friend.  Your sports league coach.  Sunday school teacher.

Unrelated?  No.  Disturbingly connected.  You bandwagoners are ignorant of those cynical, sinister, manipulative power-predators using your uninformed youth and thoughtless energy to reach their desired agendas.  Whether urging you out into city streets to steal, loot and destroy or seducing you to ignore generations of veterans who’ve honorably served America and disgrace our flag and national Anthem, the end game is the same.

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That Anthem and the flag it honors mean something that those manipulating and using you despise and wish to destroy.  They are not honest enough to tell you that.  They hide their deceit behind empty promises you foolishly continue to believe, inciting you to continue down the steeper and steeper slope of lawlessness.

Do you really want those who wear uniforms to keep you safe and able to bullhorn your foolishness gone?

Are you serious in wanting all those small businesses you trash and loot and burn, including the jobs they provide you, to disappear?

What do you think will remain if those things you say you want do happen?

Who do you think will feed, clothe and give you an allowance then?

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When your few minutes’ Facebook notoriety are over and your ‘hatred’ for America and its people who’ve allowed you freedom to be fools has become public knowledge, what then?  Who’ll hire you?  Who’ll want you around?  Where will all those ‘suits’ be who promised you so much to get you to do their bidding?

There is a time and place to air honest differences and grievances.  Those whose remains come home draped in the American flag gave their lives to assure that freedom, just as those who offer uniformed security at sports events serve in that same capacity.  To sneer at and show open disrespect to them is not the way to draw favorable attention to one’s point.

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Die-hard football fans are unloading tickets and having NFL network stations removed from their cable packages.  Suddenly the spoiled boys and girls involved in that cash cow – and their owners – are waking up to realize they’ve been used in an attempt to co-opt pro sports for private agendas, which is filtering down through college and high school sports as well.

Of course airheaded kids will jump on, too.  It’s cool to be part of a movement.  Right?  They get to parrot all the force-fed rhetoric and talking points, sounding so wise and informed . . .  and never realizing the true cost of their actions.

Parents are waking up to realize the agonizing cost of PC gone berserk and are beginning to exert their influence over their kids’ lives and their schools again.

It’s not pretty.

So, bandwagoners . . .  you thought you knew what you were doing?  That it was cute?  That you’re making a statement?

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Better think again.  The law of unintended consequences hasn’t gone anywhere.  You are squarely in its crosshairs and you’ve managed to alienate the only ones willing to foot the bill to bail you out and offer you another chance.

You must change what’s going on inside you before you can hope to change what’s going on outside you. 

© D. Dean Boone, October 2016


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Hey, Pastor Jack & Martha and the whole Simms gang:

Thank you so much for the greatest Southern hospitality going!  Though our visit with you was way too short, we got a real charge out of renewing some friendships that border on family; and meeting so many of you new to the church family.

Many of you came to Brenda and I after we shared our journey with you, asking us to pray with you for specific needs.  We failed to write those down as we should, so we have a request.

Would you who came by afterwards seeking prayer support please send me a private email note to that effect?  Please include the name(s) of those for whom you seek prayer, or the situations you’d like us to be lifting with you.  If there are details you wish us to know that will inform our praying, feel free to include them.

You may send it to:

All of you:  you made our short stay a memorable one, and made us want to come back some day, God willing.

God’s best to you all!

Daniel & Brenda Boone


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100-Word Stroll, 10/5/16: IS THAT ME IN MY MIRROR?

I was carrying on a snarky conversation, cracking wise:

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“Wow, bub – that face could hold a 3-day rain.”  The usual early-AM smart remarks.  It was about there when I noticed the guy wasn’t firing back, but aping my gestures.  I squinted.  Mirror.

Aw, NAW, man.  That can’t be–

Starboard-side hair matted and flat.  Whiskers.  Breath that makes the dog wince.  Scars.  A lot of ’em.  Custom-made belly button.

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Yeah, I’m afraid that’s me, right there.  The, ah, ugly truth stares back at me every morning from my mirror.  As Richard Rohr once wrote, “Before the truth sets you free it tends to make you miserable.” 

Miserable is a choice I refuse to make.  I’m up, I’m alive, it’s aNOTHer day God’s gifted me with, I’m walking and talking and singing and—  okay, maybe I’ll knock off the singing so early.

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Making myself presentable to the outside world can be a daunting mission.  So it takes awhile to transform the just-got-up me into a visage appropriate for public consumption.  If wrinkles must be written on my brow, let them not be written on my heart.  My spirit should never grow old.

Everybody is a main character to someone.  Let me work to be one today.

And, hey-y-y.  You in the mirror?  I’ll see you tomorrow mornin’.

© D. Dean Boone, October 2016


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100-Word Stroll, 9/29/16: TIMED FLIES

I sat watching flies.  It later seemed obvious they were also observing me.  Or, more to the point, my food and drink.  Flies aren’t choosy.

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If one has a thirsty and inquisitive mind there’s no limit to what one can learn.  Nor from whence.

What held my attention was their singularity of purpose.  The flowchart is simple:  SEEK ANYTHING EDIBLE -> LAND -> PORK OUT UNTIL CHASED OFF OR DIE TRYING -> CIRCLE & REPEAT.

That’s it.  It can’t be too complicated; flies don’t live very long.

“So, McFly, what’s your mission statement?”

“Uh, that would be ‘FLY-LAND-EAT-MAKE MORE FLIES’, Chet.”

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Nothing distracts flies from that mission.  Waving your hand to chase them off has less impact than trying to reason with a 3-year-old why they should share their toys.

Flies are tireless, singleminded in their pursuit of your sandwich or that last little smear of ketchup on your plate.

Take a lesson from flies.

They just don’t quit.

© D. Dean Boone, September 2016


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100-Word Stroll, 9/24/16: THAT AIN’T NURTURAL

Remember back when we used to write to one another?  We even used cursive as we were taught.  Paid attention to proper grammar.  Like that.  We wrote complete sentences and dared not try substituting single vowels for words.

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We tended to think more and deeply because we refused to allow life’s pace to become a headlong rush toward tomorrow.  We sat over A&W sharing fries and talked about cabbages and kings.  We had time for each other, back when, though we scarce took advantage of it.  We were friends, never knowing how profound a thing those friendships would become once we all began approaching the half-century mark since graduating together.

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Yesterday an old friend exhibited one of those ‘deeply’ thoughts in sharing the comment, “. . . nurture needed to mend this ragged world.”

nurture is a noun meaning the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.

Yes, enduring friend.  Needed indeed, and urgently.  Talk is cheap.  Politics is stuffed with it.  The meme says, “Ignore what they say; instead, watch what they do.”

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The day’s news is full of the antithesis of nurture.  Having reached nominal adulthood never having seen it, following generations find ‘nurture’ meaningless.  Nurture takes time.  Nurture calls for examples.

It’s up to us, the Boys and Girls of Back When, to live out nurture of our town and nation – and its people, especially the younger ones.  This ragged world is a big place.  To nurture where we are and send the nurtured forth into it seems the best strategy, yet it takes time.

Do you suppose we’d best get started?

Thank you, old friend, for your thoughtful prompt.  You know who you are.

© D. Dean Boone, September 2016

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100-Word Stroll, 9/23/16: CAN’T WAIT TO MEET RALPH

Ralph’s my longsuffering GA.  He’s no cute, pudgy little androgynous munchkin often portrayed in art.  Hunh-uh.  Not Ralph.

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I’m unsure how guardian angels are matched with their Earthly charges, but I’m guessing that short meeting with God produced a facepalm.  Ol’ Ralph apparently drew the short straw when God called him aside.

“Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is—”  and here God eloquently twitched His head and slanted His eyes in my direction–  “to stick by him and get him safely here.”

Hebrews 1:14 says that’s his job.  But I figure about here’s where Ralph’s epic facepalm happened.  I turn 64 in a week, so he’s still got plenty of adventures ahead of him.  I won’t go into any specifics relating to those already past; they’re too legion to list.

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You’ve heard them.  “When I get to Heaven, the first one I want to see when I step inside the Gate is—-”  I’ve always figured it’ll be whoever’s first in line, pleasantly surprised to see me.  Yet one I’ll be searching for is Ralph.

He’s going to get a fierce hug reserved only for scarred veterans who’ve Been There together.  I might even shed a few tears before God wipes them away for good.

There’s a lot I don’t know about Ralph, but I know this.

If Heaven issues combat pay he qualifies.

© D. Dean Boone, September 2016

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